Margolis Candidate for NAN Member-at-Large 
Seth Margolis, Ph.D.

Candidate Statement:
“Do good work, and the rest will follow.” That is what a former mentor told me when I asked how they were able to have a fulfilling professional life. The elegant simplicity of that advice has not left me, and I have done my best to live up to it – clinically, academically, and as an ambassador to our field. As Member at Large, I look forward to partnering with the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) President, Board of Directors, and Executive Director to further the organization’s strategic plan and meet the needs of its members. As a clinician, mentor, and researcher working to bridge science and practice, I am confident that I can help further NAN’s various missions. I am particularly enthusiastic about supporting NAN committees aimed at promoting clinical research and high-quality publications, developing cutting-edge continuing education programs and activities, all of which will promote professional practice and solidify the field’s value. In doing so, I believe that we can recruit and retain members that will advance the field for current and future consumers of neuropsychological services. If I have the honor of being NAN’s next Member at Large, I will focus on doing everything I can to serve you and our patients. In this way, I promise to do good work, and trust that the rest will follow.

Dr. Margolis is a member of the following organizations:

  • American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), Professional Membership
  • International Neuropsychological Society (INS), Professional Membership
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), Professional Membership  

Candidate Positions on the Issues:

How does your background qualify you for this office?
I earned my Ph.D. from Yeshiva University, completed a predoctoral neuropsychology internship at the University of California San Diego and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Brown University. I am board certified in clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology, and I work as a Staff Neuropsychologist at Rhode Island Hospital and am an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at Brown University. I have assumed various committee positions within the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), International Neuropsychological Society (INS), and NAN.  I started within NAN as a member of the Student and Post-Doctoral Resident Committee (now the Trainee Committee), where I served for four years and was the 2017 Chair and 2018 Professional Advisor. I took a brief hiatus from NAN leadership activities thereafter (my second child was born in 2018). In 2020, I joined the NAN Publications Committee and became a member of the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology Editorial Board in 2021. I have also authored and co-authored contributions for the NAN Bulletin and the NAN Foundation. I was a member of the 2022 NAN Program Committee and served as the 2023 Poster Chair. Also in 2023, I was the recipient of NAN's Early Career Service Award. 

What do you see as the major challenges to neuropsychology in the next 5 years? How do you believe NAN, under your leadership, can be effective in meeting these challenges?
One thing I love and value about our field is how we sit at the intersection of many other disciplines. However, if we are not careful, this position may render us obsolete. We have to be vigilant and steadfast in ensuring that the things that distinguish us from other fields where assessment is a part of the process remain front, center, and clear. Educating the next generation of neuropsychologists to ensure an ongoing and firm foundation in functional neuroanatomy, neuro/psychopathology, psychopharmacology, neurodiagnostics, psychometrics, and evidence-based integration/application of these concepts to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment must be protected/promoted. It will be equally important to partner with researchers to better incorporate technology into our assessments and treatments. Finally, diversifying our tools, norms, and partnering with professional organizations/legislators and healthcare systems to create access (and compensation models) to permit historically underrepresented individuals to enter and complete neuropsychology training will be essential for our field’s longevity. In combination, NAN’s Education Committee, Legislative Action and Advocacy Committee, and Trainee Committee are exceptionally well-positioned to make important in roads in tackling these issues. I would look forward to collaborating with each of them to help keep neuropsychology’s future vibrant, forward thinking, and in focus. 

How would you promote professional practice?
As Member at Large, I would be excited to partner with NAN committees, such as the Professional Affairs and Information Committee, to develop and provide practice-related information and resources to the NAN membership, neuropsychological consumers, and allied health providers. I believe that doing so will keep neuropsychology relevant, useful, and thriving. Promoting professional competency and high standards of practice is especially important to me, as it is an essential part of my work life. As a neuropsychologist in an academic medical center, I train the next generation of neuropsychologists and must stay abreast of evidence-based practice models. I am also a multidisciplinary team member within our hospital’s Level IV Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Transplant Center, and Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center and co-manage an inpatient consultation service. These activities require ongoing discussion about emerging medical, surgical, and legal/ethical considerations to inform complex clinical decision making. Additionally, as a member of Brown University’s Forensic Psychiatry Program, I conduct IMEs in disability, criminal, and civil matters, and I benefit greatly from the numerous position papers that NAN and the field writ large have published to guide forensic practitioners. 

How do you plan to bridge science and practice?
As Member at Large, I hope to partner with the Clinical Research Grants Program, the Publications Committee, and Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology to help promote funding and publication opportunities to pave the way for an evidence-based neuropsychology for years to come and provide needed insights for practitioners, patients, and health systems alike. This desire stems from my ongoing work as a clinical researcher. I have been a principal and co-investigator on numerous studies addressing neuropsychological and psychosocial aspects of health behavior, health outcomes, and functional capacities. These research programs have been funded by the AACN Foundation, Epilepsy Foundation of New England, and the NIH (NIA, NIDUS). At Brown, I co-direct the Researching Everyday Activities of Living (REAL) Lab, where I provide research mentorship to neuropsychology trainees. I am also on the Editorial Boards of Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology and Epilepsy & Behavior.